Wednesday 16 December 2020

The Chocolate Box - Isabella May

Ellie Sanchez wants revenge. Spurned during her school days at prestigious Monty’s academy when she was plain Eleanor Finch, and played second fiddle to her idol, Barnaby Westwood, and his show-off sister, Clementine, Ellie will stop at nothing to turn the tables now she’s all grown up. The siblings and their snubbing have been the catalyst for everything that’s gone wrong in her life, from parental neglect to her divorce. 
 When the Westwood travel merchandise company advertises for a new HR manager, Ellie decides her unique combo of karma and Law of Attraction has finally come good. And she’ll be bagging herself a cherry-on-the-cake, second, and richer, husband in the process - once Barnaby sees how much she’s changed, anyway. 
 Fast forward two years and he STILL doesn’t recognise her! 
 Fast forward two years and the company is in a financial mess.
 Last Chance Saloon-style, Ellie coerces the siblings and their older sister, Brooke (the perpetual spanner in her works) to a rustic gîte in Normandy for a spot of team-building… over a very ‘special’ box of artisan chocolates. 
 Cue ALL the fireworks in the cocoa bean version of Jumanji...

I was gifted my copy for the blog tour.
Well this was delightfully unexpected, it was complex, unique and delicious. A story of revenge and so much more. It really is the chocolate version of jumanji. Ellie just wants revenge after been spurned and embarrassed in her school days, it has laid simmering under the surface for sometime now. So when she spies a job opening that would put her within reach of the family, she takes a shot.

Two years later and all the law of attraction in the world, Baranby still hasn't recognised her nor has he taken an interest in her. Two years after that, the company is falling apart, Ellies dreams are fast fading and the only way she can think to fix it is a team building escape.
 Armed with a very special box of chocolates, Ellie is determined to fix everything....

Honestly, i have not read anything like this, it was so different but fantastic, it took elements that i wouldn't usually read and threw them into my kind of book and made something i enjoyed whole heartedly.  Ellie was nothing but passionate and determined, focused and driven if sometimes a little out there but as a leading lady she was so great to read about.

If you like your chocolate with a twist this is one for you!

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalusia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the mountains and the sea. Having grown up on Glastonbury's ley lines however, she's unable to completely shake off her spiritual inner child, and is a Law of Attraction fanatic, as well as a Pranic Healer.

After a degree in Modern Languages and European Studies at UWE, Bristol (and a year working abroad in Bordeaux and Stuttgart), Isabella bagged an extremely jammy and fascinating job in children's publishing... selling foreign rights for novelty, board, pop-up and non-fiction books all over the world; in every language from Icelandic to Korean, Bahasa Indonesian to Papiamento!

All of which has fuelled her curiosity and love of international food and travel - both feature extensively in her cross-genre novels, fused with a dollop of romcom, and a sprinkle of magical realism.

You can follow her Foodie Romance Journey series at the following hang-outs:

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